I am Mattie (From Matlhogonolo) Kelepile. I am from Botswana and a PhD student here in the Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences. My research interests are on HIV/AIDS and its prevention and treatments in Botswana. I am an aspiring Medical and Health Geographer. My advisor is Dr. Grady. I graduated with a Master’s degree in Geography from SUNY Binghamton in 2014 and have a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Botswana. My country is landlocked and geographically located just north of South Africa. There is where we find the Kalahari Desert. Most people would assume that I do not like the cold weather of the northern hemisphere, but that is not true. I love snow! I lived in upstate New York for two years and I loved the snow days! When I graduate, I would love to go back to Sub Saharan Africa and help people living with HIV. With the education that I will acquire here, I am sure I can contribute to my country as well as the continent. MSU Geography is a great place to be, we have supportive faculty, and the flexibility of courses to choose from. I am really happy to be here. Go Green!
Advisor: Dr. Sue Grady